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Lakeville's Skjei goes to Rangers in first round

Posted by: Howard Sinker Updated: June 23, 2012 - 9:50 AM

Apparently, the New York Rangers came to the NHL Draft looking to make a deal. Instead, they got defenseman Brady Skjei of Lakeville with the 28th pick of the first round.

While Skjei said he was excited for the chance to play for Rangers coach John Tortorella, he'll be playing this fall for the University of Minnesota's Don Lucia.

Newsday reported: "The Rangers came to the NHL draft armed with their first-round pick, a few expendable assets and a desire to make a splash by trading for one of the big names who could be available on the trade market. They ended the night still in possession of that No. 28 pick, using it to select U.S. national team developmental program defenseman Brady Skjei, 18."

Skjei, though, didn't sound unhappy: "If I could have picked a team, it'd be this team," he said in the Newsday report.

Here's a brief profile of Skjei from The Sports Network.

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